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Old 04-04-2008, 10:18 PM   #11
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Let us know! and let us know how it tastes, too. It's so much fun seeing the beer go from wort to green beer to great beer. I taste it every step of the way.
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Old 04-04-2008, 11:18 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by LeftyMcGee
I brewed my first batch on Sunday. It is now Friday and the activity in the airlock has slowed to a bubble every 45 seconds.

When do most people take their hydrometer readings. What helps you determine when it is time to take a reading?

whenever you feel the urge!

i think gravity readings are most important...when to go to carboy, when to bottle. i just brewed a batch that i think will be ready to bottle in less than a week. two stage. fermenting like crazy!

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Old 04-05-2008, 07:13 AM   #13
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The gravity reading was 1.012 and the recipes range was 1.010-1.014. So I racked it to the secondary.

I tried out the beer and it was flat and warm, but tasted pretty good. It did seem to have a little bit of a funny taste, but I am guessing that was due to it being green.

On a side note, during the siphon I noticed a few tiny air bubbles in the line. It wasn't a lot, but I am wondering if this is normal. I know aeration would be a bad thing at this point.

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Old 04-06-2008, 01:10 AM   #14
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The bubbles you see can either be air that was in the siphon tube and was trapped, or just CO2 bubbles. Either way, not something to be worried about.
Too much too fast to keep track of...

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Old 04-06-2008, 03:34 AM   #15
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My first batch I must have taken 21 readings in the first 36 hours.

Now I take an initial reading and one about 5 days into fermentation, then one while racking to the keg. That's it.

By the way...that first batch was awesome...despite my best efforts to ruin it by muddling about every 3-4 hours.

Don't fear the hydrometer reading.

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